Mirror Movable Relative To Support Patents (Class 359/872)
  • Patent number: 10994659
    Abstract: A rearview mirror assembly includes a main housing defining an exterior surface, an interior, and an open side, the exterior surface having a recess therein. The assembly also includes a control module coupled within the interior of the housing, a mirror coupled over the open end of the housing, and a communication module. The communication module includes an antenna electrically coupled with the control module and an antenna housing at least partially enclosing the antenna and coupled within the recess of the exterior surface of the main housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andreas Kraus, Christopher J. Koleszar, Sebastien C. Jaeger
  • Patent number: 10953803
    Abstract: A fold rear-view mirror assembly (100) for motor vehicles is disclosed. It comprises a base member (120) to be mounted on a motor vehicle, a mirror housing (110), a shaft (140) for rotation of the mirror housing (110) to the base member (120) between operative and folded conditions, an elastic element (160) associated with the shaft (140) for applying a force on the base member (120) and the mirror housing (110), and a retaining mechanism (200) comprising a locking member (260) carrying a retaining element (250) clamped therein such that it can be moved to the locking member (260) between a release position where it can be moved to the shaft (140), and a lock position where it is received in a shaft recess (142) causing the retaining element (250) to be locked to the shaft (140) so that the elastic element (160) is axially retained against the locking member (260).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: FICO INTERNATIONAL (TAICANG) CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Bruno Lescroart, YongQiang Fang, Liang Xue
  • Patent number: 10921451
    Abstract: A laser device includes a light source that emits light; a first reflector that reflects the light toward a predetermined range; a second reflector that reflects the light reflected from the predetermined range; a light receiver that receives the light reflected by the second reflector; a driver that swings the first and the second reflector in an angular range corresponding to the predetermined range; and a calculator that: stores first information about the light reflected by the first reflector toward the predetermined range and second information about the light received by the light receiver; and measures movement speed and movement direction of a target reflecting the light from the first reflector based on the first and the second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichiro Masuda, Yasuo Masaki, Manabu Murayama
  • Patent number: 10914938
    Abstract: An oscillating structure includes first and second torsional elastic elements that define an axis of rotation and a moving element that is interposed between the first and second torsional elastic elements. The moving element, the first torsional elastic element and the second torsional elastic element lie in a first plane and are not in direct contact with one another. A coupling structure mechanically couples the moving element, the first torsional elastic element and the second torsional elastic element together. The moving element, the first torsional elastic element and the second torsional elastic element lie in a second plane different from the first plane. Oscillation of the moving element occurs as a result of a twisting of the first and second torsional elastic elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Roberto Carminati, Sonia Costantini, Marta Carminati
  • Patent number: 10866313
    Abstract: An example system includes a light detection and ranging (LIDAR) device that scans a field-of-view defined by a pointing direction of the LIDAR device. The system also includes an actuator that adjusts the pointing direction of the LIDAR device. The system also includes a communication interface that receives timing information from an external system. The system also includes a controller that causes the actuator to adjust the pointing direction of the LIDAR device based on at least the received timing information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Blaise Gassend, Benjamin Ingram, Luke Wachter
  • Patent number: 10829047
    Abstract: A rearview assembly includes a two ball mount. A first end is operably coupled with an inside surface of a windscreen. A wire harness is routed through the two ball mount. A second end includes a mounting plate with an electrical connector disposed thereon. A housing is operably coupled with the mounting plate at a rear wall of the housing. A circuit board is disposed within the housing and includes a circuit board connector configured for engagement with the electrical connector at the rear wall of the housing, wherein the housing is free of wiring extending through the housing. An electro-optic element is disposed within the housing and conceals the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Bradley R. Hamlin
  • Patent number: 10752167
    Abstract: A warning signal controlling device for blind zones when vehicles making a lane change is provided. The device is disposed inside each inner side of each rearview mirror of the vehicle, and comprises a lens masked by PMMA which is black and opaque, a mirror utilizing a light guide made of PMMA which is transparent, and a base assembly consisting of LED lamps, a PCB board and a base. The lens and the mirror are obtained by two-color molding, the PCB board is secured to the base, LED lamp holders are provided on the PCB board, the LED lamps are secured in the corresponding LED lamp holders and the base assembly is secured to the lens by ultrasonic welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: JIANGSU HAIHUA AUTO PARTS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuncai He, Yuxiang Wu, Yuan Zhong, Junhua He
  • Patent number: 10679763
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods of Fourier ptychographic imaging configured for illuminating a specimen being imaged from a plurality of incidence angles, for acquiring variably-illuminated, low-resolution intensity images of the specimen, and for reconstructing a high-resolution image of the specimen by iteratively determining the high resolution image that is self-consistent with the variably-illuminated, low-resolution intensity images, for example, by updating overlapping regions of variably-illuminated, low-resolution intensity images in Fourier space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Guoan Zheng, Changhuei Yang, Roarke Horstmeyer
  • Patent number: 10652447
    Abstract: A selfie mirror speaker may include a surface-mounted mirror that includes a module capable of capturing, broadcasting, and recording still photos, audio, and video of a user; and at least one mirror light, wherein the mirror is capable of being adjusted in height and angle for viewing, demonstrating, documenting, and sharing use and application of cosmetics, grooming techniques, skincare products, and related tools and accessories. The selfie mirror speaker includes an acoustic chamber connected to a bottom portion of the mirror, the acoustic chamber having a speaker integrated within the acoustic chamber. The acoustic chamber may include a downward-facing full-range driver on a lower end of the acoustic chamber; and a passive base isolator on an upper end of the acoustic chamber. The selfie mirror speaker may pair with at least one Bluetooth®-enabled device or MP3 player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Forever Gifts, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcus Pestl, Hendra Wijaya
  • Patent number: 10591558
    Abstract: An information display device and a control device of medical equipment are provided. The information display device of medical equipment includes at least one projection unit for acquiring display information, and projecting the display information onto a housing of the medical equipment. The information display device includes a host for providing an electrical signal of the display information, an optical fiber converter for converting the electrical signal to an optical signal, and an optical fiber for relaying the optical signal to the projection unit. Various display information about medical equipment is not displayed through an electronic display screen, but the display information is projected onto the housing of the medical equipment by an additional projection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Shun Feng Li
  • Patent number: 10490914
    Abstract: A connector assembly is operably coupled with a circuit board for a rearview device. The connector assembly includes a body having a plurality of electrical leads extending therefrom. A plurality of contact-receiving apertures are defined through the body. A plurality of spring-biased contacts extend into the contact-receiving apertures and are guided by a plurality of columns. The plurality of spring-biased contacts are in electrical communication with the plurality of electrical leads when inserted into the contact-receiving apertures of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Eric S. Lundy, Christopher D. Pollack
  • Patent number: 10371920
    Abstract: A mirror assembly (32) for directing a beam (28) includes a base (450), and an optical element (454) that includes (i) a mirror (460), (ii) a stage (462) that retains the mirror (460), (iii) a mover assembly (464) that moves the stage (462) and the mirror (460) relative to the base (450), and (v) a thermally conductive medium (466) that is positioned between the stage (462) and the base (450) to transfer heat between the stage (462) and the base (450). The thermally conductive medium (466) has a thermal conductivity that is greater than the thermal conductivity of air. The thermally conductive medium (466) can include an ionic fluid or a liquid metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NIKON RESEARCH CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Christopher Margeson, Travis Bow
  • Patent number: 10293754
    Abstract: A mirror device for a vehicle is provided in which a support member is housed and fixed within a housing supported on a vehicle, a mirror disposed in the housing is held by a mirror holder, a joint having a spherical portion is projectingly provided on the support member, a hollow hemispherical fitting and supporting part having the spherical portion fitted thereinto is provided on the mirror holder, and a ring-shaped spring for maintaining the fitted state of the spherical portion within the fitting and supporting part is fitted around the fitting and supporting part. An engagement part that engages with the spring so as to prevent the spring from disengaging from the fitting and supporting part is formed integrally with the mirror holder while being capable of flexing so as to allow the spring to be fitted onto the fitting and supporting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Honda Lock
    Inventors: Kenji Kenmochi, Takehito Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10266126
    Abstract: An imaging device enclosure for a vehicle including a housing having an image device aperture. A motor is disposed in the housing and is operably connected with a mobile wedge. The mobile wedge is operable between an extended position and a retracted position. An imaging device is slidably connected with the mobile wedge and is movable between the retracted position corresponding to the extended position of the mobile wedge and the extended position corresponding to the retracted position. A flexible boot is disposed over the image device aperture. The flexible boot defines a flexible opening. The imaging device protrudes through the flexible opening when the imaging device is in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Danny L. Suman, Luke W. Koops, William L. Tonar, Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Kristopher R. Green, Timothy L. Pawlowski
  • Patent number: 10226990
    Abstract: A tailgate for a vehicle includes an outer skin and a grip recessed into the outer skin, which open towards the bottom when the tailgate in a closed position. A wall of the recessed grip is formed at least in part by a cover of an extendable mounting for a camera. The camera is positionable between a retracted position in which the cover conceals the camera and an extended position in which the camera provides a field of view behind the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Michael Fuchs, Friedrich Hein
  • Patent number: 10220788
    Abstract: A vehicular exterior rearview mirror assembly includes a mirror head and a mounting base, with the mirror head having a mirror casing and a reflective element, and with the mounting base configured for attachment at a vehicle. A camera module is disposed at the mirror head and includes a camera having a field of view and operable to capture image data. The camera module is extendable and retractable relative to the mirror casing. With the camera module retracted, the camera module is oriented such that the field of view of the camera encompasses a blind spot region at least at the body side of the vehicle. With the camera module retracted, an inboard limit of the field of view of the camera partially overlaps an outboard limit of a field of view provided to a driver of the vehicle by the reflective element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth C. Peterson, Gregory A. Huizen
  • Patent number: 10007132
    Abstract: Provided are a display panel and a thin film transistor array substrate. According to one or more exemplary embodiments, a display panel includes: a first substrate including a pixel area and a non-pixel area; a second substrate that faces the first substrate; and a crack guide groove disposed on a surface of at least one of the first substrate and the second substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Won Gap Yoon, Ji Eun Jang, Kyung Seon Tak, Keun Chan Oh
  • Patent number: 10000156
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a mirror head, a mounting member and an attachment member. The mirror head includes a mirror casing and a reflective element. The mounting member includes an upper portion configured to mount at an interior structure of a vehicle. The attachment member includes a connection portion and a pivot element protruding from the connection portion. The attachment member is disposed at a lower portion of the mounting member. The mirror head is configured to adjustably attach at the pivot element. The mounting member is formed of a polymeric material, and at least the connection portion of the attachment member is formed of a metallic material. The connection portion of the attachment member may be insert molded in the lower portion of the mounting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Christopher R. Koetje
  • Patent number: 9987988
    Abstract: At a vehicle door mirror device, an inner wall of a mirror holder is nipped between a supporting surface of an inner case and a contacting surface of a support pivot, and a peripheral wall of the mirror holder is made to press-contact a peripheral wall of a case. Here, at a time when the mirror holder is rotated, the support pivot is displaced toward a vehicle rear side, and nipping of the inner wall between the supporting surface and the contacting surface is cancelled, and press-contacting of the mirror holder peripheral wall against the case peripheral wall is cancelled. Therefore, frictional force between the supporting surface and the contacting surface and the inner wall, and frictional force between the case peripheral wall and the mirror holder peripheral wall, can be reduced effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: Shigeki Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9968375
    Abstract: A childbirth aid includes a base panel, two ankle-supporting blocks bilaterally located at a top wall of the base panel for supporting the ankles of a pregnant woman to keep the body center of gravity of the pregnant woman in line with the fulcrum of the mechanism of each foot of the pregnant woman, each ankle-supporting block having a planar top surface and an inclined surface downwardly extended from the planar top surface to the top wall of the base panel, and a gap defined between the two ankle-supporting blocks for the mounting of a safety mirror or anti-collision elastic net selectively in a detachable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Ghi-Hwei Kao
  • Patent number: 9846294
    Abstract: The invention concerns an adjustment system for aligning optical elements and/or samples in vacuum (3) for projecting electromagnetic radiation in the terahertz range up to the range of hard X-ray radiation, consisting of at least one vacuum chamber (3?), at least one mirror (3?) adjustable in spatial direction and/or at least one optical element adjustable in spatial direction or at least one sample adjustable in spatial direction, with translational actuators (X1, X2, Z1, Z2, Z3) in the undeflected state (idle state) being provided for adjusting the alignment of the at least one mirror (3?) adjustable in spatial direction and/or the at least one optical element adjustable in spatial direction or the at least one sample adjustable in spatial direction in a maximum of three essentially mutually perpendicular spatial directions (X, Y, Z, y, y, z).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: FMB FEINWERK-UND MESSTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Jochen Deiwiks, Frieder Muller, Hans Henninger
  • Patent number: 9812045
    Abstract: A large projection image screen device having a seesaw structure for virtual reality where a chair is provided on one side of a lever and an image system is provided on the other side of the lever. Several rotation shafts are provided below the lever for up down rotation, left right rotation and front rear rotation, where when the chair and the screen are rotated up and downward, left and rightward, and front and rearward, a user on the chair views the images at the same view angle as the rotation angle of the screen through a location tracing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Hae-Yong Choi
  • Patent number: 9717406
    Abstract: There is a need for robust and portable system, and apparatus for ophthalmology. We propose use of folding apparatus for ocular purposes for the first time. Our system will have a chin-rest (or face-rest or forehead rest) that can be folded so that the ocular device could be transported in a brief-case type casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Netra Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Manish Dinkarrao Kulkarni, Manmohan Singh Sidhu
  • Patent number: 9707894
    Abstract: A folding drive with an electric motor having a first component, a second component operatively connected to the first component for movement relative thereto, and an axial ball bearing arranged between the first component and the second component such that a rolling friction and a sliding friction are present in different percentage proportions depending on a direction of rotation of the axial ball bearing. The first component and the second component are rotatable relative to each other about a rotary axis which deviates from the vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNA AUTECA AG
    Inventor: Bernhard Schadler
  • Patent number: 9690094
    Abstract: An optical device includes: an optical element having an optically functional surface which is pivotable; a base supporting the optical element; and a package housing the optical element and the base, in which the package includes: a wall that surrounds the optical element and the base; a window that closes a first opening defined by the wall, and forms an optical path to the optically functional surface, the window being transmissive to light; and a bottom plate that closes a second opening defined by the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Kurozuka, Akihiro Morikawa, Toshiaki Horie, Shinsuke Nakazono
  • Patent number: 9638410
    Abstract: A mirror assembly can include a housing, a mirror, and a light source. In certain embodiments, the mirror includes a light pipe configured to emit a substantially constant amount of light along a periphery of the mirror. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly includes a sensor assembly. The sensor assembly can be configured to adjust the amount of emitted light based on the position of a user in relation to the mirror. Certain embodiments of the mirror include an algorithm to adjust light based on the position of a user relative to the mirror, the level of ambient light, and/or the activation of different light modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, David Wolbert, Joseph Sandor, Orlando Cardenas, Frederick N. Bushroe
  • Patent number: 9541840
    Abstract: A reflective EUV optic such as a collector mirror configured as an array of facets that are spaced apart to form respective gaps between adjacent facets. The gaps are used as inlets for gas flow across one of the facets such that flow is introduced parallel to the optic surface. The facets can be made with offsets such that loss of reflective area of the EUV optic can be minimized. The gas facilitates removal of target material from the surface of the facets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: David C. Brandt, Alexander I. Ershov, Igor V. Fomenkov
  • Patent number: 9465208
    Abstract: A facet mirror device includes a facet element, a support device and a clamping device. The facet element includes a first support section, while the support device comprises a second support section contacting the first support section to support the facet element. The clamping device includes a tensioning element, a first end of the tensioning element being connected to the facet element a second end of the tensioning element being connected to a counter unit. The counter unit includes a third support section, the support device including a fourth support section contacting the third support section to support the counter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Vogt, Joachim Hartjes
  • Patent number: 9457722
    Abstract: The invention is related to a rear view mirror assembly that includes at least one electrical device as a light source with adapted connectors to be assembled in an easy way. The invention is related to an electrical device as a lighting mean in a rear view mirror that has a connector adapted to be self centric connected to the counterpart during assembling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.à.r.l.
    Inventors: Vasile Romas, Balazs Toth
  • Patent number: 9457733
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (100) for holding a camera (50) which serves in particular as a parking assistance device for a motor vehicle, comprising a slide (20) to which the camera (50) can be replaceably secured, a housing (10) in which the slide (20) is movably accommodated in a first guide (11a, 11b, 5a, 15b, 17) between a rest position (A) in which the camera (50) is inactive, and an operating position (B) in which images can be actively detected by the camera (50), and a cover element (40) that closes an opening (16) in the housing (10) through which the camera (50) is oriented towards the exterior. The cover element (40) is pivotally connected to the slide (20) and movably mounted in a second guide (12a, 12b) in the housing (10) between a closed position (C) in which the cover element (40) covers the opening (16), and an open position (D) in which the cover element (40) releases the opening (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Heiko Schütz
  • Patent number: 9346509
    Abstract: A mirror assembly for mounting to a handlebar of a motorcycle or other cycle vehicle, including a handle enabling an operator of the motorcycle to rotate the mirror without requiring the operator to remove a hand from the handlebar. The rotation swivels the mirror from a view to the rear to a position with a view to the side. Upon releasing the handle, a compression spring within the assembly returns the mirror to its original position. The mounting arrangement for the assembly includes two portions rotatable perpendicularly to one another, permitting the mirror arrangement to be adjusted after coupling with the handlebar such that the stem of the mirror is plumb. This ensures that when the handle is engaged rotating the mirror, the orientation of the mirror is maintained such that the top edge of the mirror remains level during rotation and that the mirror stem remains plumb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Old School Products LLC
    Inventors: Vance A. Hoff, Phillip G. Larson, Perry D. Hoff, Mark A. Hoff
  • Patent number: 9309813
    Abstract: The invention relates to a regulating device for an actuator arranged in a gas passageway of an internal combustion engine, in particular for a bypass flap arranged in an exhaust turbocharger, having an electrical servomotor, a regulating member coupled to the actuator and a multi-gear transmission arranged between the servomotor and regulating member. According to the invention, to achieve a large transmission ratio range with a small number of transmission gears, two transmission wheels interact in at least one of the transmission gears via an evoloid toothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Nau
  • Patent number: 9247869
    Abstract: There is a need for robust and portable system, and apparatus for ophthalmology. We propose use of folding apparatus for ocular purposes for the first time. Our system will have a chin-rest (or face-rest or forehead rest) that can be folded so that the ocular device could be transported in a brief-case type casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: NETRA SYSTEMS, INC
    Inventors: Manish Dinkarrao Kulkarni, Manmohan Singh Sidhu
  • Patent number: 9205779
    Abstract: An auxiliary mirror device for vehicles includes a fixation unit, a connection unit, and an auxiliary mirror. The fixation unit is adapted for coupling on a vehicle rear view mirror. The connection unit includes a connection rod coupled to the fixation unit, and a sleeve is engaged on the connection rod. A supporting rod disposed on the auxiliary mirror is received in the connection rod retractably. The connection unit further includes an adjustment barrel moveable relative to the sleeve and can be locked with of the sleeve. A tightening ring is engaged in the adjustment barrel and can be releasably compressed by the sleeve. A position of the auxiliary mirror relative to the side view mirror can be adjusted. When the auxiliary mirror is adjusted to a required position, the adjustment barrel can be operated for coupling and fixing the supporting rod and the connection rod together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: Hsin-I Liu
  • Patent number: 9151947
    Abstract: In an optical deflector including a mirror, a movable frame supporting the mirror, a first piezoelectric actuator for rocking the mirror with respect to a first axis of the mirror, a support body supporting the movable frame, and a second piezoelectric actuator for rocking the mirror through the movable frame with respect to a second axis of the mirror, at least one piezoelectric sensor is provided for sensing rocking vibrations of the mirror caused by the first and second piezoelectric actuators. The second piezoelectric actuator includes a pair of meander-type piezoelectric actuators opposite to each other with respect to the first axis. Each of the second meander-type piezoelectric actuators includes a plurality of piezoelectric cantilevers folded at every cantilever and connected from the support body to the movable frame in parallel with the first axis. The piezoelectric sensor is incorporated into an outermost one of the piezoelectric cantilevers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takanori Aimono
  • Patent number: 9128287
    Abstract: A MEMS substrate is formed from a transparent substrate and a movable type shutter arranged on each pixel of a surface of the transparent substrate. An AP substrate includes another substrate and a light blocking film arranged on the other transparent substrate formed with an aperture corresponding to each shutter. A plurality of supporting columns is formed on a surface of the transparent substrate of the MEMS substrate. A plurality of cylindrical contact holes having the same inner diameter as an outer diameter of each supporting column are formed at a position corresponding to one part of the supporting columns. Both substrates are arranged with a certain interval so that each shutter and an aperture oppose each other, thereby a tip end of corresponding supporting columns is inserted into each contact hole and in this way, both substrate are mutually positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Pixtronix, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasukazu Kimura, Jun Fujiyoshi
  • Patent number: 9079538
    Abstract: A pair of external vehicle mirrors with a driver-side external vehicle mirror and a passenger-side external vehicle mirror are provided. Each have a mirror foot and a mirror housing pivotably attached, in which an adjustable mirror glass is arranged. The mirror housings of the two external vehicle mirrors are constructed symmetrically, so that an identical oncoming wind flow situation is achieved, and that on a rear side of the two mirror housings there is arranged a mask encompassing the mirror glass, the mask of the driver-side external vehicle mirror being formed asymmetrically to the mask of the passenger-side external vehicle mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Willibald Assmann, Fabian Franke, Michael Friederich, Wolfgang Much, Volker Nickel, Robert Schwed
  • Patent number: 9067541
    Abstract: An exterior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a mounting portion mountable at a side of a vehicle, a mirror head portion adjustably mounted at the mounting portion, and a reflective element at the mirror head portion. An actuator is operable to impart pivotal movement of the mirror head portion relative to the mounting portion and about a generally vertical pivot axis to pivotally adjust the mirror head portion relative to the side of the vehicle at which the mounting portion is mounted. The actuator comprises at least two motors and the motors are operable in tandem to cooperatively rotatably drive a common gear of a gear system to pivot the mirror head portion relative to the mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Justin E. Sobecki, Eric S. Deuel
  • Patent number: 9057833
    Abstract: An exterior vehicle mirror assembly includes a base, a mirror housing and a camera housing. The base has a mounting portion configured to attach to an exterior vehicle panel. The mirror housing is coupled to the base and extends from the base. The camera housing is coupled to the base adjacent to the mirror housing and extends from the base such that the mirror housing and the camera housing extend away from the base in respective directions are substantially parallel to one another with the mirror housing in an in-use orientation. A distal end of the camera housing is spaced apart from the mirror housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Bowers, Alfredo Dimichele, Kathryn Templeton, Kurt Maxwell, Takashi Kuwata
  • Patent number: 9033529
    Abstract: According to the present invention, a stopper member lock mechanism is configured to lock a stopper member from rotating in a direction from a forward tilt location to a use location with respect to a shaft when the mirror assembly that is positioned in the forward tilt location is restored to the use location and to release the locked state of the stopper member when the mirror assembly is restored from the forward tilt location to the use location. As a result, it is capable of causing the mirror assembly to be precisely positioned in the use location without any positional shift when the mirror assembly that has rotated from the use location to the forward tilt location for the sake of buffering is rotated and restored from the forward tilt location to the use location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: ICHIKOH INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Ikuo Sakata
  • Patent number: 9033526
    Abstract: A powerfold mechanism for an external rear view mirror is disclosed. The mechanism comprises: a powerfold housing mountable between a mirror housing and a vehicle mountable mirror base; a clutch member urged into engagement with the mirror, the clutch member allowing the mirror housing to be manually moved with respect to the mirror base; an electric drive train between the powerfold housing and the clutch member; and a drive stop movably mounted to the powerfold housing and having a drive stop face engagable with a drive stop detent mounted to the mirror base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Maarten Schuurmans, Garry Fimeri, Simon Belcher, Daniel Flynn
  • Patent number: 9022588
    Abstract: A mirror surface angle adjusting device includes: a pivot plate (10) which supports a mirror (6) and is attached to a holder (9) pivotably three-dimensionally on a pivot shaft (76); a bracket (8) disposed on a vehicle body; a mirror tilting drive section (11) contained between the bracket (8) and the holder (9) attached to the bracket (8); an operation shaft (44A, 44B) of the mirror tilting drive section (11), the operation shaft penetrating through the holder (9) and being connected to the pivot plate (10); a detection rod (101A, 101B) which moves following the pivot plate (10); an angle detection section (100) which detects a tilt angle of the pivot plate (10); a pivot depressed portion (80) into which the pivot shaft can be press-fitted; and a gear positioning rib (69) provided on an inner wall of the holder (9) to position the mirror tilting drive section (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsuba Corporation
    Inventors: Masaru Chino, Tetsuya Murakoshi, Hiroshi Morishita, Osamu Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 9022587
    Abstract: In a vehicle door mirror device, when a fitting recess portion and a fitting protrusion portion fit, a gap is formed between an orthogonal face and an opposing face due to a fitting recess portion and a fitting protrusion portion contacting along case rotating direction. Accordingly, even when the fitting protrusion portion wears and external shape becomes smaller, the fitting recess portion and the fitting protrusion portion are contacted and fitted until the gap disappears. The gap is set larger than a gap between a visor and a stay. Therefore, the fitting recess portion and the fitting protrusion portion contact along the case rotating direction even when the visor contacts the stay, due to presence of the gap. Accordingly, even when the visor contacting the stay is taken as useful life indicator of the device, rattling of the visor against the stay can be suppressed at this stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai-Rika-Denki-Seisakusho
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Toyama, Shigeki Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9022586
    Abstract: A system and/or apparatus provided as a side-view or rear-view mirror for providing a plurality of independently moveable reflective surfaces to enable a driver increased visibility. To increase visibility for the driver, the system and/or apparatus includes a camera for providing images around a vehicle to the driver within a vehicle during low-light or poor lighting conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Rosco, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Englander
  • Publication number: 20150108218
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for deflecting and for widening a visible range of a camera (24) is provided, wherein the apparatus (10) has a first mirror element (12) which is tilted with respect to the optical axis of the camera (24) in a longitudinal direction in order to supply light to the camera (24) from a visible range lying laterally with respect to the optical axis. In this connection the first mirror element (12) is additionally tilted in a transverse direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction and the apparatus has a second mirror element (14) besides the first mirror element (12) which is tilted in the longitudinal direction and in the transverse direction with respect to the first mirror element (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Christoph ANSELMENT, Helmut WEBER, Johannes ASCHENBRENNER, Christofer ROSER, Norbert SCHNURR, Dirk STROHMEIER
  • Publication number: 20150097955
    Abstract: An exterior rearview mirror assembly includes a non-movable portion, a movable portion and a mirror head. The non-movable portion is configured for attachment at an exterior portion of a vehicle and the movable portion is movable relative to the non-movable portion. The mirror head is movable relative to the movable portion, and a mirror reflective element is fixedly attached at the mirror head. A first actuator is operable to move the movable portion relative to the non-movable portion about a first axis and a second actuator is operable to move the mirror head relative to the movable portion about a second axis. The first and second actuators are cooperatively operable to move the movable portion about the first axis and to move the mirror head about the second axis, and the mirror reflective element moves in tandem with movement of the mirror head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Darryl P. De Wind, Eric S. Deuel, Justin E. Sobecki, Joseph R. Mambourg, Keith D. Foote, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 8996258
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for automatically adjusting the angle of a rotatable side view mirror of an articulated tractor and trailer includes transducers attached to the tractor for transmitting signals toward the trailer and for receiving signals reflected by the trailer. The transducers have a substantially symmetrical arrangement about a centerline of a linear transducer bar attached to the tractor and each has an angular orientation substantially dissimilar to adjacent transducers on a same side of the centerline. A control circuit sequentially activates ones of the transducers such that only a single transducer transmits signals at any given time. Thereafter, the control circuit only processes reflected signals received by the emitting transducer. The control circuit calculates an angle between the tractor and trailer and causes the mirrors to rotate. Transducer calibration and mirror adjustment relative to a zero position set by a driver are also contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Full-View-Matic, Inc.
    Inventors: Hongwei Liu, Barry Davignon
  • Patent number: 8992032
    Abstract: A Newtonian telescope secondary mirror mount which includes means for attaching a Newtonian telescope secondary mirror to the secondary mirror mount. The attachment means will define a secondary mirror plane. The mount also includes first and second means for adjusting the angular alignment of the secondary mirror plane. The first adjustment means defines a first adjustment axis and the second adjustment means defines a second adjustment axis. In all embodiments both the first and second axes of angular orientation adjustment are substantially parallel to the secondary mirror plane. Methods of adjusting the angular alignment of a Newtonian telescope secondary mirror are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Charles Howard Glatter
  • Publication number: 20150077874
    Abstract: A high performance kinematic mirror mount facilitating the reduction of thermally and mechanically induced optical distortion of a precision mirror is disclosed. The mirror mount assembly includes a mirror with a front reflective surface and a rear support surface. A set of sub-tier mounting assemblies are provided being affixed to the rear support surface of the mirror utilizing a number of strut pairs and a number of bonded mount pads arranged so as to connect the sub-tier mounting assemblies to the mirror with numerous strut pairs arranged as bipods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Hans P. Naepflin, Alexander K. Raco, Maciej D. Makowski
  • Patent number: 8976439
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror assembly includes a mirror casing and a prismatic reflective element. The mirror casing is a unitarily molded mirror casing having at least one attachment surface. The prismatic reflective element includes a glass substrate having a front surface and a rear surface and a perimeter edge about a periphery of the glass substrate. A mirror reflector is established at the rear surface of the glass substrate. The perimeter edge of said glass substrate has a generally rounded surface disposed between the front surface and the mirror casing. The prismatic reflective element is attached at the attachment surface of the mirror casing. The perimeter edge of the glass substrate is exposed to and is viewable by the driver of the vehicle when the interior rearview mirror assembly is normally mounted in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Darryl P. De Wind, Michael J. Baur, Timothy G. Perkins